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Nike Oregon Project is shut down after Alberto Salazar doping scandal

The Nike Oregon Project has been shut down after head coach Alberto Salazar was found guilty of doping violations and was reprimanded a four year-ban as a result.

Nike have said the situation for the NOP athletes has become an “unfair burden” and that the company will “help all of our athletes in this transition”. Ethiopia’s two-time world champion Sifan Hassan has been coached under the 61 year-old since 2016.

When the allegations surfaced during the world championships she said: “I’ve been clean all my life. I work hard. I just want to show people that hard work can be better than everything.”

US marathon runner and whistleblower Kara Goucher was coached by Salazar during 2004-2011 and demanded that the NOP “has to go”. Former 1500m world champion Jenny Simpson from the US was not coached under Salazar but said that he should receive a “lifetime ban.”

The project was founded in 2001 and was a camp designed for long-distance athletes.  The NOP website and social media accounts have been taken down with immediate effect.

Prior to the ban the US Anti-Doping Agency had carried out an investigation which included a two-year court battle behind close doors. The American has said he will appeal against the ruling.

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